Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, Yayoi has performed, recorded and/or toured with many world renowned musicians such as Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Gerry Hemingway, Richard Bona, Billy Hart, Billy Harper, Lenny Picket, Butch Morris, Frank Lacy, Charles Fambrough, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Tyshawn Sorey etc. Yayoi’s debut recording “Color Of Dreams” displays original compositions that reflect visions through her life. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” create a musical dialogue between New York and Japanese musicians in an experimental environment. She has toured with her projects in US, Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, and Slovenia. As a composer, Yayoi received a commission from Modern Music Society of Tokyo, Japan to write for their eighteen piece jazz orchestra in 2008. Yayoi’s orchestral work for film was premiered at Lincoln Center in 2007. Her musical activities can be seen on her website www.yayoiikawa.com
Yayoi holds a master’s degree in Jazz performance/composition from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from The New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Studies department. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.